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UNIFORM & KIT ISSUED TO THE CANADIAN ARMY DURING WW2
This pictorial library is devoted to the recording of "Uniform and Kit" issued to a Canadian Soldier of any corps, during the Second World War. Consider it a virtual "Q" Store in Canadian militaria. It is not exhaustive and will be added to over time. Any reader who wishes to contribute photographs and text will be recognised and credited with such information. I also invite collectors of other nation's militaria to forward content (please see our other countries listed on the drop down menu) - so that a comprehensive list of "Axis" and "Allies" uniform/kit is detailed.
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No. 4 Mk. II Spike Bayonet
The most common bayonet which is associated with the No.4 Lee-Enfield Rifle; is the No. 4 Mk. II "Spike" bayonet. This bayonet was a simplified version of the Mk. 1 bayonet (the type with the cruciform blade flukes) which reduced the cost in manufacture of it's predecessor. The bayonet blade was 8 inches in length and it was forged in one complete unit with the socket head, making for a very strong - yet simple manufacturing process. The bayonet was produced for Canada by the Long Branch firm. However Scottish examples made by 'Singer' and American versions made by 'Savage Stevens Co.' were issued to the Canadian Forces. In all, over 3 million bayonets were manufactured by all producers and it was by far the most economical of all bayonets to be used by the Commonwealth.
S.M.L.E. (Short - Magazine Lee Enfield) No. Mk 111
The S.M.L.E. (Short - Magazine Lee-Enfield) rifle equipped the Candian Army during the Great War, however it was superceded early in the Second World War by the No.4 Lee-Enfield rifle as the front line weapon. Despite this, the No.1 Mk111 rifle saw notable service with the Canadian Home Guard duties, until stocks of the No.4 were sufficient.
1907 Pattern Bayonet with Scabbard
This bayonet was patented in 1907 (hence the title of 1907 Pattern) after a series of trials of various bayonet types. There is a clear influence upon this pattern of bayonet with regards to the Japanese Arisaka Type 30 bayonet, bearing in mind that all British made bayonets after 1913 were manufactured without the characteristic "hooked quillion". The initial production started in January 1908 and had the curved Quillion (as did the Ariska bayonet). The company "Enfield" was by far the most prolific producer of this bayonet, however a large quantity was also produced by companies - Wilkinson, Sanderson and Chapman. Examples by Vickers and Mole were also produced, however not in as great a number as the previous manufacturers and these bayonets are now becoming quite collectable. Initial scabbards had a hidden chape but this was changed in 1908 to the external chape normally seen. The "button" or frog stud on the scabbard which protrudes and prevents the scabbard from pushing through the bayonet frog had three variations. On this example pictured, it shows the "tear drop" shaped button. The other two types of scabbard button were both round in shape, yet one size was larger than the other. The tear drop frog stud is more associated with pre-World War 1 and early First World War pattern, however in 1915 the round shaped alteration frog stud was approved and by 1916 the British were producing their scabbards with the "round" shape .